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Pollsmoor prison warder James Gregory recalled in his autobiography: “Eventually, at the height of the growing season, there was a huge variety of plants in the vegetable section: eggplants, cabbage, beans, spinach, carrots, cucumbers, onions, broccoli, lettuce, tomatoes of a number of varieties… and many types of spices.”
By the time Mandela left Pollsmoor, he had created a “far grander” garden than the one developed at Robben Island.
Moved to the deputy governor’s cottage at Victor Verster in 1988, Mandela was given a garden for his sole use during the final two years of his imprisonment. The garden’s perimeter wall was raised to screen his activities, and on the day of his release (February 2, 1990) he showed his family and friends the vegetables and flowers that he had cultivated, before taking his famous walk to freedom.
Source : Cape Argus
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